Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Pompeo to meet NK official in New York Thursday

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington In setback, Pompeo's North Korea meetings called off without explanation
Jay Anderson | 10 November, 2018, 06:54

"This meeting, which was to be held in NY with Kim Yong Chol, one of the closest collaborators of the north Korean leader, will be organised again at a later date", "when our respective agendas permit", has just announced on Tuesday in the late evening, the spokeswoman of the u.s. department of State Heather Nauert.

"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", she said in a statement.

Pompeo had been due to hold talks with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, which were hoped to pave the way for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and make progress on denuclearization.

The State Department had earlier confirmed that Pompeo would meet Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim, in NY to discuss progress toward a denuclearisation pact and to arrange a second summit following the historic talks between Trump and Kim in June.

The diplomacy on North Korea has seen a series of fits and starts, with Trump at one point scrapping a trip by Pompeo just as he was set to fly to Pyongyang.

The State Department is keen to kick off working level talks with the North Korean side, which Pompeo said the North had agreed to during their last meeting. We're going to make it on another date but we're very happy with how it's going with North Korea.

Pyongyang, which has stopped the missile and atomic testing but has so far not taken any steps considered to be irreversible to dismantle its nuclear program, demands of the american counterparts to continue to advance.




"The North Korea policy won't change, but there will be tighter oversight by the Democrats, which could involve more hearings and more investigations".

Although Trump has had warm words since he meet with Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, his administration has nevertheless annoyed Pyongyang by maintaining a regime of sanctions.

Pompeo has traveled four times this year to North Korea, for decades a United States pariah, in hopes of securing an accord.

It was Kim Yong-chol's visit to NY at the end of May and visit to the White House in Washington that helped put the summit back on track. "There's no rush whatsoever", Trump told reporters at the White House. -North Korea negotiations have completely broken down or "lost their momentum" because of the postponement.

A think tank affiliated with the foreign ministry in Pyongyang warned Friday that the regime could resume nuclear work if the USA side didn't relax its economic blockade.

Yoon Young-chan, a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said his government was aware of the postponement.

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